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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Flunked by Jen Calonita

FlunkedWelcome to Enchantasia, the home of princess royalty and reformed villains who run Fairy Tale Reform School.  Enter our main character Gilly.  She lives in a boot with her parents and five siblings.  Times are tough for the family shoe shop ever since Cinderella gave her fairy godmother the glass shoe business.  So in order to help feed her family, Gilly has resorted to stealing and eventually gets caught and sent to reform school.  Fairy Tale Reform School is run by Cinderella's reformed stepmother, Flora along with other teachers who are former villains, such as the Big Bad Wolf and the Evil Queen of Snow White fame.  At school, Gilly is befriended by Jax, Kayla, Ollie and Maxine.  Weird things start happening at school which makes Gilly wonder if her teachers are really reformed.  

The book reminded me of  Harry Potter.  Gilly attends a boarding school, there's good and dark magic, her teachers have secrets and there is an all powerful super villain who has been in hiding for years.   I like how it involves fairy tale characters, which seems to be a hot theme at the moment.  It's not a hard read, but definitely an enjoyable one.  This is book one in the series, so we'll see where Jen Calonita takes the story on further adventures.

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